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Procrastination – and the Ideal of the Perfect Concept

Posted By: Randy GageMarch 20, 2018

I finally figured it out.  What had been holding me back for months.  And is probably what’s been holding you back…

Not sure about you, but I fall in love with the ideal of the perfect concept.

My publishers are clamoring for me to write my next book.  And I’m excited about doing that.  But still haven’t started, after months of fitful starts.

Why?

Because when I actually get a title and the table of contents, it’s not my ideal of the literary-genius, thought-provoking, movement-creating, legendary Pulitzer-Prize-winning masterpiece that I’ve been envisioning.

It moves from the theoretical realm of energizing creative genius – to the practical reality of actually writing something that isn’t shit.

Big difference.  Who wants to deal with reality when you can daydream about the ultimate fantasy world?  But enough about my mental issues…

Let’s talk about you.  What is the project you’re holding back on?

The documentary that needs to be released, the opera only you can compose, the book you’ve been threatening to write, the blog you have the vision for, or that non-profit you were always going to start.   Or maybe (gulp), it’s getting married, your fitness routine, starting a family, or forgiving someone you’ve been in a blood feud with.

Are you holding back because it’s safer to live in a fantasy world of the perfect ideal you’re going to create – instead of facing the real work, discipline and character required to get it done?

Just asking…

-RG

10 comments on “Procrastination – and the Ideal of the Perfect Concept”

  1. I have been there...at times still there...but after TRIBAL i have been blowing up the fucking procrastination that held me back and about to launch....

  2. We are kind of frozen in our old habits. We have to unfreeze, change, and re-freeze the new healthy habits. We can encounter resistance during each phase. The resistance can be from others and ourselves.

    This probably goes back to ancient cave people days when they had a better chance of survival living together. It was safer to go along with the herd than to be different from the herd. Being different could mean death.

    Now being different could mean life.

    1. What you state is true. In days of old, belonging to a community or group increased your longevity (unless it was belonging to a group similar to The People's Temple). It has been shown in studies time after time that people would rather belong to a group even if that group doesn't necessarily hold the same views as that individual. In other words, the majority of humans would rather have the security of belonging to a community than to be critical thinkers on their own. Facts and evidence was secondary to the feeling of being part of a tribe. That is why people belong to religious groups, political parties, community organizations, cults (which is probably redundant since I've already mentioned religion), etc. etc., although that individual's ideology and that of the groups often differ.

    1. I agree. If you can't get it published into a book, you can probably sell it to the National Enquirer but only if it is pure shit.

  3. This is me a thousand percent... learning to let go of a perfectionist concept and just delve into the creative process seems to be one of the hardest bridges for some of us to cross - great post RG

  4. Good topic, Randy. In my program, Procrastination Annihilation, I identify 8 "flavors" of procrastination. Whether you procrastinate because of ignorance of how act on a particular part of the plan (Flavor #1) or because you have fear of inadequacy, failure, etc (Flavor #6)...OR because you're addicted to the rush of adrenaline you get when you wait until the last minute (Flavor #5), it's always the underlying unconsciousness of your own motives that trips you up. If you were more self aware, more mindful, you'd see that you're in need of a piece of information or that your energy is low and in need of a boost, rather than writing off your procrastination as mere laziness. To your point, floating in a world of fantasy where all the pieces fit neatly and you're master of your fate, versus slogging through the steps of reality, applying discipline, weathering discouragement etc...it's not surprising that fantasy wins. Accomplishment is not for the weak of heart or soul. There's work to be done, emotions to feel, inner demons to quiet, and fires to light. Always easier to dream it than to do it. Which is why there are so few who do. Bravo to you for not only choosing character over comfort, but for serving as a model and teacher to others to do the same!

  5. Hi Randy,
    I would like to request you to share your views on the following
    If true prosperity cannot be borrowed then what about raising capital from venture capitalists?

    1. I think venture capital is overrated in many cases, because people think once they've raised money, they have succeeded. But it can be useful and provide the necessary funds to achieve success in other cases. -RG

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  • 10 comments on “Procrastination – and the Ideal of the Perfect Concept”

    1. I have been there...at times still there...but after TRIBAL i have been blowing up the fucking procrastination that held me back and about to launch....

    2. We are kind of frozen in our old habits. We have to unfreeze, change, and re-freeze the new healthy habits. We can encounter resistance during each phase. The resistance can be from others and ourselves.

      This probably goes back to ancient cave people days when they had a better chance of survival living together. It was safer to go along with the herd than to be different from the herd. Being different could mean death.

      Now being different could mean life.

      1. What you state is true. In days of old, belonging to a community or group increased your longevity (unless it was belonging to a group similar to The People's Temple). It has been shown in studies time after time that people would rather belong to a group even if that group doesn't necessarily hold the same views as that individual. In other words, the majority of humans would rather have the security of belonging to a community than to be critical thinkers on their own. Facts and evidence was secondary to the feeling of being part of a tribe. That is why people belong to religious groups, political parties, community organizations, cults (which is probably redundant since I've already mentioned religion), etc. etc., although that individual's ideology and that of the groups often differ.

      1. I agree. If you can't get it published into a book, you can probably sell it to the National Enquirer but only if it is pure shit.

    3. This is me a thousand percent... learning to let go of a perfectionist concept and just delve into the creative process seems to be one of the hardest bridges for some of us to cross - great post RG

    4. Good topic, Randy. In my program, Procrastination Annihilation, I identify 8 "flavors" of procrastination. Whether you procrastinate because of ignorance of how act on a particular part of the plan (Flavor #1) or because you have fear of inadequacy, failure, etc (Flavor #6)...OR because you're addicted to the rush of adrenaline you get when you wait until the last minute (Flavor #5), it's always the underlying unconsciousness of your own motives that trips you up. If you were more self aware, more mindful, you'd see that you're in need of a piece of information or that your energy is low and in need of a boost, rather than writing off your procrastination as mere laziness. To your point, floating in a world of fantasy where all the pieces fit neatly and you're master of your fate, versus slogging through the steps of reality, applying discipline, weathering discouragement etc...it's not surprising that fantasy wins. Accomplishment is not for the weak of heart or soul. There's work to be done, emotions to feel, inner demons to quiet, and fires to light. Always easier to dream it than to do it. Which is why there are so few who do. Bravo to you for not only choosing character over comfort, but for serving as a model and teacher to others to do the same!

    5. Hi Randy,
      I would like to request you to share your views on the following
      If true prosperity cannot be borrowed then what about raising capital from venture capitalists?

      1. I think venture capital is overrated in many cases, because people think once they've raised money, they have succeeded. But it can be useful and provide the necessary funds to achieve success in other cases. -RG

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